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MSNBC
Aug 29, 2009 11:00am EDT
the blest ♪ ♪ ♪ spare thy people lord we pray ♪ ♪ by a thousand snares surrounded ♪ keep us without sin today ♪ ♪ never let us be confounded ♪ ♪ lo i put my trust in thee ♪ ♪ never lord abandon me ♪ ♪ lo i put my trust in thee ♪ ♪ never lord abandon me ♪ >>> good morning. in the name of the very reverend father patrick woods, the provincial superior of the redemocraters of the baltimore province, and the entire redemocraters community, it is my privilege to welcome you this morning to the basilica of our mother of perpetual help, affectionately known as mission church. most eminent cardinal sean o'malley, archbishop of boston, welcome once again to this basilica. the redemptors brothers and fathers are grateful for the many occasions you've joined with us here and we look forward to many future visits. we gather today with sadness, but with hope as we mark the passing of the distinguished senior senator from massachusetts, the honorable edward moore kennedy. to mrs. kennedy, and all the family, we offer our sincere condolences and prayers. in this place of fait
MSNBC
Aug 25, 2009 11:00am EDT
second swine flu outbreak. a terrific hour coming your way. daily beast gerald posenor joins us and scott horton, defense attorney rebecca rose-wood land and richard engel in afghanistan and ron allen is with the president in martha's vineyard. we want to start by fast forwarding through the top headlines. in afghanistan four u.s. troops killed in a bomb blast. that brings the death toll to 41 americans killed there this month making it the second deadliest month in afghanistan since the 2001 invasion. >>> canadian police say they have identified the woman who brought ryan jenkins to a british columbia hotel where he eventually committed suicide. police aren't releasing her name. only saying that she is a person of interest in the case. >>> president obama has renominated ben bernanke as the chairman of the federal reserve. now, the president interrupted his week-long vacation on martha's vineyard to make the announcement. >> the financial system on verge of collapse with calm and wisdom and bold action and out of the box thinking that has helped put the brakes on our economic free-
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 11:00am EDT
release of two american journalists. savannah guthrie now joins us. savannah, interesting to see the kind of white house dance, or just as reverend jesse jackson has done a number of these kind of individual missions said an hour earlier, so is that to be expected? the white house needs a little distance from this? >> i think it's to be expected, especially at this moment when the former president is still in north korea. this is very delicate, trying to secure the release of these two american journalists. the white house may want to say something but it's not going to say anything until those journalists are safe and that is the reason. interesting, though, that they did reach out to say this is a private mission and that may be in service of the former president's goals over there. i think we will hear more of the back story. it's hard to imagine the former president, so connected to the current administration by hillary clinton, his wife, the secretary of state, wouldn't have the overt approval from the white house to do this but you're not going to hear that from the white house toda
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 3:00pm EDT
clinton would first come from pyongyang. >> something like pardon is something that they will use because that means that there was a crime commit. and i think that the north koreans want to say to the world, these people did something wrong, they were tried and found guilty in our legal system, but as a favor to the united states and as a hum humanitarian gesture, they are now going to pardon then. >> kevin sullivan, "the washington post" foreign editor. and tamron just in the few seconds we have been on, now it says that kim jong-il has ordered the release of the two journalists. this is a huge story on so many levels, whether it's bill clinton's legacy, or the personal story of these american journali journalists, it's unbelievable. >> both of these individuals would make for a powerful team, even if it was behind the scenes and we're seeing that now and i cannot wait to hear more from chuck todd and others about the back story of how this was put together, because with her approval, and it came with her approval and his role. >>> the white house is fighting fire with fire. the
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2009 4:00pm EDT
predecessor for the current economic situation? nbc's mike viqueira joins us now from the white house with all the answers, as always. so, mike, we'll start with that. how much longer can he go back and be referring to president bush? >> you know, it's interesting with all the good -- i guess good economic news, we can go ahead and call it now that we had last friday with the gdp report as the president himself mentioned today in the rose garden, today's unexpected news that the unemployment rate dropped 0.1%, i think the white house is eager to get out there and point out these things are happening and they're not bashful about the fact that while the claim that the stimulus package, which has caused them so much political heartache now, the numbers of the polls going down in terms of the american's approval of the president's handling of the economy and the deficit, republicans getting traction and criticizing him about the stimulus program and a perceived lack of effectiveness, white house not shy about saying the stimulus is in fact in large of a lot of this. robert gibbs su
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2009 11:00am EDT
for joining us this morning. >> you got it. >> not all of the town halls are going into chaos. lawmakers are holding more than 20 town halls across the country today. with me live is a congressman from maryland, congressman elijah cummings. what do you make of the town halls that are going on across the country, including the president's visit to new hampshire and arlen specter's town hall in lebanon, pennsylvania, yesterday? >> i think at all depends on where the media takes their audiences. my good friend hank johnson of georgia just had a town hall with 2,000 people and not one peek of a problem. i held a town hall about a week ago with veterans dealing with health care and veterans issues and you would have thought it was a -- it was a good meeting. we had no outbursts. they had concerns but we were able to share our thoughts. with regard to the president, i think the president did exactly what he needed to do yet. i think he laid out the problem basically there are two arguments that we've got to deal with. one, the moral authority of this nation. are we going to take car
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 4:00pm EDT
. nbc jim miklaszewski joins us live from the pentagon. is this the case of some bad apples who went beyond the guidelines who are simply going to be isolated and out possibly prosecuted? >> reporter: that's exactly what it sounds like, davidf. all indications from the justice department is this will not go any higher than those individual who is may have been involved in violating anti-torture laws in terms of the aggressive interrogation techniques they used. the cia was fully expecting that actually before the aclu filed a lawsuit forcing the cia to release a 2004 report by the cia inspector general into those aggressive interrogation techniques which allegedly detailed some of the violations -- alleged violations of the anti-torture laws. but it could go much further than that in terms of actual prosecutions because, as you said, today the attorney general, eric holder, appointed a special prosecutor, john durham, to look into the possibility that there were, in fact, criminal violations that some of these interrogations went beyond even the expanded scope of what was permissible
MSNBC
Aug 2, 2009 11:00am EDT
changed to missing because his remains were never found. nbc's jim miklaszewski joins us from washington with all those details. things have changed now, mick. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, alex. sho shortly after the iraqi came forward, the u.s. military, the pentagon, even then-secretary of defense dick cheney were so convinced back there on the first day of the gulf war in 1991 that scott speicher was killed when his f/a-18 hornet was shot down in western iraq that he was declared dead. but subsequently because his body was never found, and in fact the wreckage was eventually located and his flight suit was found intact. it raised the possibility he in fact survived the shootdown of his fighter jet and he may have been taken into iraqi custody. under saddam hussein in an iraqi prison. by january 2001, the pentagon changed his status from killed in action to missing. that set a whole series of events into motion. that involved several investigations. when the u.s. invaded iraq in 2003, they dedicated an entire military unit to the search for scott speicher. they d
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2009 11:00am EDT
joins us live in the studio. >>> first, the top headlines. thousands of southern california residents fleeing wildfires there. hundreds of homes are threatened near a trump national golf club in rancho pal verdas. propers are worried a key evidence may have been tainted in jackson's house and key evidence may have been skipped entirely. >>> president obama taking flak for biking without a helmet. he went helmet-free during a bike ride with his family there. the first lady played it safe with a daughter and the two daughters followed massachusetts law requiring anyone under 16 has to wear a helmet while biking. >>> right now mourners paying their final respect to the senator edward kennedy. this, in fact, if you take a peek here, a live look at the john f. kennedy presidential library in boston where the senator's body lies in repose until later this afternoon. mike taibbi is there and joins us from boston. it's amazing. they were saying even last night at midnight there were 6,000 people still out on the streets. how many people seem to be out there this moment? >> a whole l
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 11:00am EDT
post" gelman and tge. >>> news we use every morning, fast forward through top headlines. new economic data reveals recession still has a grip over much of the country. retail sales fell 4%, worse than expected. adding concerns jobless claims raised by 4,000. >>> a deadly end to a police chief in detroit. a man careens into a power pole. the truck burst into flames killing the driver. no one else was injured seriously. you can see it right now on the screen. >>> scottish authorities considering an early compassionate release for the only man convicted in the bombing of flight 103 over lockerbie scotland. he was sentenced in 2001 to the attack which ultimately killed 270 people including 180 american. on the "today" show, a mother of a victim expressed her anger over the idea. >> we are the victims. we are tossed aside. i can only tell you megrahi is guilty, should serve time. the human rights records are the worst in the world and instead i see appeasement. >> a lot of pain there. defense team is saying he's dying of cancer and should be granted release to spend remaining days
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2009 11:00am EDT
start and a jump with us. they went up with their ads. they did a great job of convincing many people that somehow the government was going to take over and was going to be too expensive, it was not the thing to do, and so they got a jump. they got a head start but now we begin to fight back and you will see those polls change because people don't know absolutely what a government option is, what that means. we've got to define it. we've got to keep talking about it. we've got to help the american people to understand that the insurance companies have basically taken advantage of the american people. we have 47 million people without insurance. but more than that, the cost of the premiums have increased tremendously over the past several years. more profits for the insurance companies. the top ten ceos of the insurance companies, health care insurance are making over $10 million a year so we've got to fix this broken system and i think that the american people will get the truth as we continue to talk about it. >> but isn't the message that has really not come through in this whole pr
MSNBC
Aug 6, 2009 11:00am EDT
white house correspondent here, that perhaps they might have to go it alone, use that 60 vote majority. they have special procedures in place that would not require them to get 60 votes on many major components of this health care reform bill. they have a deadline of october 15th deciding whether or not to pull the trigger on that. that hangs over these negotiations as we move through august when congress is on recess and into the fall. so a lot riding on this meeting here today. nobody is quite sure where this is all going to go. one thing, carlos, one final thing is, it appears that what is emerging from these senate negotiations is a plan without a public option. how they are going to thread the needle with the house of representatives eventually. nancy pelosi's democrats are going to insist on that public option, that's something that i am really dying to see as we move into the fall here. >> i'm here with jon hillsenenr, ath. several republicans, not just liberal, chuck grassley of iowa, that's interesting to me. i would think ultimately a real struggle for those republicans when
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2009 11:00am EDT
these guys have been telling us, well, for the number really to go down, we actually have to see job creation and we still haven't had a month of job creation. >> speaking of job creation, that cash for clunkers program that an initial billion dollars pa put into, now another $2 billion could lead to some 400,000 additional cars, which some car manufacturers may lead to some hiring because their inventories are light. is the white house talking about that expectation that the $2 billion could begin to stimulate hiring which may have a ripple impact, at least in the hard-hit areas of michigan and tennessee and some of the other car manufacturing hubs? >> i do think that they like the fact that you're seeing the states that are taking the most advantage of this cash for clunkers are some of these states and some of these harder hit manufacturing places like ohio, like indiana. so that is something that they are happy about. but, you know, you take to some analysts here and august is sometimes is a big car buying month anyway, i believe. i'm not going to pretend -- i'm not an expert
MSNBC
Aug 5, 2009 11:00am EDT
next hour. "time" magazine assistant editor is bus and sharon waxman is also with us and joining me is my co-host karen finney. former deputy press secretary for hillary clinton. the big story today. two u.s. journalists held prisoner in north korea are safely home now in california. shortly after the plane touched down, president obama spoke from the white house saying he is extraordinarily relieved that they are home safe. >> i want to thank president bill clinton. i had a chance to talk to him for the extraordinary humanitarian effort. i think that not only is this white house, obviously, extraordinarily happy, but all americans should be grateful to both former president clinton and vice president gore for their extraordinary work. >> let's get right to nbc's jay gray who is in burbank, california. jay, i can only imagine what that homecoming was like, given that the two women, the two journalists had been held captured here for several months going back to march. >> yeah. just an amazing day and good morning to you, carlos. it was one of those goosebump moments that you see, just
MSNBC
Aug 18, 2009 11:00am EDT
white house correspondent savannah guthrie joins us now. good to see you. >> hey, carlos. >> where do we stand? we know on sunday, kathleen sebelius seemed to say it wasn't essential. we heard a lot of liberal -- anthony wiener and now the white house seems to be saying, you know what? maybe we misspoke. where do things stand? >> well, look. to hear the white house tell it, it all is because the reporters who heard those comments overwrote their stories and created this whole donniebrook and that caused members of congress to get upset. this is entirely a media creation. that's the white house position. robert gibbs said again this morning in our briefing off camera the white house has been boringly consistent on this, on this issue of the public option. in some ways, that really is true. any times we've asked him over the last few months, would the president sign a bill if it doesn't have a public option? he has always said the public option is the preference. they want choice and competition and that there are other ideas that will accomplish those goals, they are open to them. t
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2009 3:00pm EDT
going down to the union oyster house in downtown boston. come and meet us there. the union oyster house as we pointed out last night is the place where ted kennedy often went by himself and sat at the bar and had a drink and a couple locouple oysters and talked to people like the regular people. as you pointed out all day long people have been coming by the tens of thousands. no real crowd count but it wasn't necessary. for most of the day it was a line that stretched about a quarter mile, eight across, moving steadily. if 21,000 came yesterday afternoon and early evening that many at least came today and tonight as you point out is the memorial service with a number of speakers, four of senator kennedy's senate colleagues. there will be a film by film maker ken burns, a tribute to his life and a couple sfepeaker from the family ending with remarks by caroline kennedy, his niece. an extraordinary day here. so many people carrying thank you teddy sinls. quite an amazing day. >> what's interesting, mike, that you mentioned ken burns and his video, was ken burns who did the video set up to
MSNBC
Aug 5, 2009 4:00pm EDT
, colleagues, and to the complete strangers with the kindness of hearts who showed us so much love, we could feel your love all the way in north korea. it is what kept us going in the darkest of hours. it is what sustained our faith that we would come home. >> shortly after the women returned, president obama called former president clinton to thank him for going to north korea. the president praised both clinton and gore for their work. >> we are obviously extraordinarily relieved. my hope is is that the families that have been reunited can enjoy the next several days and weeks understanding that because of the efforts of president clinton and gore, they are able to be with each other once again. >> secretary of state hillary clinton said that although the united states worked with north korea to free the journalists she considers her husband's mission a private one. >> i want to be sure people don't confuse what bill did, which was a private humanitarian mission to bring these young women home with our policy which continues to be one that gives choices to north korea. they can c
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2009 2:00pm EDT
joining us now from belgrade, montana. chuck, at the town hall meeting in new hampshire this week, the president didn't really get any nasty questions. are they doing anything different this time? does he want a little confrontation? >> they keep saying they do behind the scenes. i was with a white house official in new hampshire at the time and in that person cringing that there weren't tougher questions. they were supporters who wanted to see him get tougher questions. they set the scene. they did a first come, first serve. they handed out two tickets per person, so they don't know who the second person is that's going to get this ticket. the likelihood you'll see as diverse an audience as you can get much higher i think than either of the system that they used, which wasn't open to the public system in new hampshire and the system they're going to be using in grand junction. >> what do you think is the target audience for the president? are they looking at the independent voters who helped the president carry states like montana in 2008? who do they want to reach? >> at this point,
MSNBC
Aug 6, 2009 4:00pm EDT
independence of mind to ably serve on our nation's highest court. >> nbc's mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. mike, set the scene, how excited was the white house today and just set the overall mood for us there. >> reporter: i think they're very pleased. you saw the president come out and make a very brief statement in the diplomatic room on the first floor of the white house today where he made reference to that biography that you mentioned, david. of course, sonia sotomayor up from a bronx housing project. they had diabetes at a young age. lost her father at a young age. wept on to princeton, yale law school, has served for years on the court after serving in other capacities as an attorney before going up to the federal bench. it is said by her supporters that she has more judicial experience than any previous nominee in american history, and the president says he is filled with pride at this achievement in reference to the fact that this is the first hispanic member of the united states supreme court, and she will begin her term -- actually she will sit on a ca
MSNBC
Aug 11, 2009 2:00pm EDT
bait-and-switch here. i said very specifically i thought we should roll back bush tax cuts and use them to pay for health insurance. that's what i'm intending to do. all right? i only have time for a faw more questions. somebody that has a concern about health care that's not been raised, or is skeptical, suspicious and wants to make sure -- because i don't want people thinking i have a bunch of plants in here. so i've got one right here. and then i'll ask the guy with two hands up, because he must really have a burning question. all right. >> thank you, mr. president. i've worked in the medical field for about 18 years and seen a lot of changes over those 18 years. i currently work here at the high school as a paraprofessional. my name is lana arsenal from portsmouth, new hampshire. i have a couple questions about the universal insurance program, which, if i understand you correctly, president obama, you seek to cover 50 million new people over and above the amount of people that are currently getting health care at this moment. >> it will probably -- i just want to be honest here
MSNBC
Aug 3, 2009 2:00pm EDT
that we've seen since the middle of last year. remember in the middle of last year suv used prices plunged dramatically as gas prices shot up. many people said, if i go in and trade this in for a smaller car, i'm not getting much. i'm better off just riding it out and figuring at some point in the future when i feel more comfortable with the economy how to get rid of this suv. now they have a chance with the government saying here is $4500 and the chance to get into a fuel efficient car, that's the impetus a lot of people are using to say i can make the monthly payments work. >> phil, thank you. >>> the goals of this program were to improve the environment, boost the economy and help consumers. here are my big questions on cash for clunkers. if it accomplishes those goals, why not fund it to a greater degree? on the other hand, why is the government responsible forgetting people new cars, and automakers an improved bottom line? i do think the government is responsible for improving the environment. so the question here, would $2 billion be better spent investing in alternative ener
MSNBC
Aug 15, 2009 7:00am EDT
president's reaction. take a look. >> we keep getting the bum. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. that's the only way you can do that. >> i'm happy to answer the question. >> thank you. >> you are absolutely right, that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> how to grade the president on his town hall so far, the way he has handled the tougher questions? >> i think he has done exceptionally well. he has talked about health care for the past, i think you could say, probably six weeks or so, almost nonstop every day. here was a tough question from squun w someone who is skeptical that their taxes may be raised. the president said i made a promise not to raise taxes on anybody making $250,000 and less. i am going to keep that promise. you can't be more definitive than that. there is concern. there is concern that the health care plan may blow up the deficit. the president will need to answer those sceptics and critics as well. >> we will have more from you next hour, t
MSNBC
Aug 17, 2009 4:00pm EDT
higher than on the other side. independents are lining up with us and not democrats and that's a sea change. frank donatelli joins us on the phone live from milwaukee. frank, appreciate your time today. so, the base is fired up. the president's approval numbers are down, but today there's a political report pointing out that so far that hasn't translated into a jump in republican numbers. >> well, monica, i mean, i think you have to take one step at a time here. we have a newly elected president who is very popular, and so first out of the box he would have the opportunity to present his proposals, and that's what he's done. the country has taken a look at what he's proposing, carbon tax, trillion dollar deficits and now government-run health care plan and they're turning thumbs down on that, so they're turning away from him. now, the next step is for us as a party to offer con struck tif solutions of our own and that will come in time -- >> how do you get past the label that's been put on the party, the party of no. how will you get past that now? >> just talking about the variety o
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 2:00pm EDT
real with us this hour. >>> this woman, a teacher, accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student and paying him huge sums, essentially turning him into a male prostitute. all that ahead, but, first, the big story this hour. any time the cia will release a report that will release terror suspects and word that could lead to an investigation into actions by the bush administration. it comes just hours after the white house announced it will create an oversee if special terrorism unit. with me now pete williams. is the announcement of this new interrogation unit tied in any way to the potential for an investigation? >> you know, certainly tied to the release of the inspector general's report today, absolutely. that was all planned to be today. this group is basically going to do two things that white house. they're going to oversee the interrogation practices and a unit based in the fbi with someone in the intelligence community helping to form it and they'll form an elite group of people that could fly around the world on short notice and supervise and carry out the interrogation o
MSNBC
Aug 18, 2009 4:00pm EDT
us now. bill, i want to get back to something the president said july 18th that we played. the president said any plan i sign must include an insurance exchange, including a public option. does the white house still believe that the public option must be part of the plan as the president said last month? >> hey there, david. thanks for having me on, first of all. i'm glad that you played that entire sound bite because i think that part of the debate is being confused by the fact that what the president says there, very clearly, is that what the plan must include is a public exchange. now, the way that he thinks the best -- is best to set up that public exchange to offer the most amount of choices, the most competition, bring down costs the most is to put in place a public option and that's what we've been saying since day one. robert gibbs, secretary sebelius, nancy, the president has said what he thinks is most important is bringing down costs and offering competition and the best way to do that is through a public option. >> let me start right there. i mean, would you acknowl
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2009 11:00am EDT
under air traffic control. there are charts, sectional charts. the problem is the helicopters use a helicopter en route chart. the airplanes don't know about -- many of the airplane operators may not know about this chart or if it exists or the use of it which clearly depicts the routing and checkpoints. >> ntsb is saying that this plane was making some sort of a turn and climbing at about 1,100 feet, which having crossed 1,100 feet the plane would have gone into a different kind of airspace. right in then faa would be joining in this conversation? >> it is up to the pilot to switch to the frequency to enter the airspace. if he was climbing to 1,100 feet or above into that airspace, he would be up on frequency with the appropriate authority. >> but speaking as a pilot, if you are climbing and you're at that altitude making a turn while climbing, presumably you're trying to get out of that space. right? you're making a shift change, a directional change. how difficult as a pilot is it to see what's going on around you while climbing? are you focused looking up? do you look to the sid
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 3:00pm EDT
closure. >> all right, jack jacobs joins us now. we were hearing strange voices on the feed. but your thoughts, the first person killed in the 1991 gulf war. he was shot down. the mystery of course for so many years as to what happened to him and now, every indication was that he was killed shortly after he was short down perhaps on impact and now that we have the remains, they're coming back some 18 years later. your thoughts? >> the first thing is we don't realize how long ago it was. it was 1991. almost 20 years ago and the time just goes by. we've had yet another war in the same region again since then. the other interesting thing that comes to mind is the whole question about whether or not the navy and defense department had done enough to find his remains. at the time that he was shot down, he was flying over 550 miles an hour and that he was probably shot down with an air to air missile from the mig, which meant that the aircraft was almost instantly destroyed. and the aircraft was thrown way off course and he probably pulled something like six or seven gs when he was struck b
MSNBC
Aug 31, 2009 2:00pm EDT
recruit. i think that the ability of us to work with our allies was harmed, and so -- and i believe that information, according to the fbi and others could have been gained through other methods. >> in fact, he takes it a step further on face the nation, he said it violated the geneva convention if that is the case why wouldn't we prosecute? >> well i'm not a lawyer, i'm a former intelligence officer and that's where i come from. the point here, i think, contessa is the fact that we needed timely, credible information to prevent future attacks and as the information that was preleased in the last weak or two, whether we are talking about the interrogation techniques or the reports by the cia that this foiled several plots, including one against heathrow airport in london and against the library tower in los angeles. and i think that is really the important issue here. i think these were well-intentioned people trying to prevent another 9/11-style attack -- >> are you saying -- means? >> you're perhaps saying that i'm saying the fact is -- >> no, you're saying if we got actionable intelli
MSNBC
Aug 15, 2009 10:00am EDT
others don't? >>> plus how some are using skype to meet your match? good morning, everyone. we have all of that plus the band u2 sets a new record. >>> but first we're turning or attention to the west. president obama will address a crowd in colorado at 6:15 p.m. eastern today, and in his weekly address this morning, the president once again criticizes the media for focusing on the disagreements at some town has, saying television, quote, loves a ruckus. here's one of the toughest questions the president faced. >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. the only way you'll get that money is to raise our taxes. >> i'm happy to answer the question. >> okay. thank you. look, you are absolutely right that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> i'm joined live from big sky, montana, chuck todd. good morning again, chuck. >> reporter: good morning, alex. >> let's talk about the president's response. what was it and did it satisfy the crowd? >> well, i think the crowd was satisfied with the answer. what the preside
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 3:00pm EDT
children of one of the 9/11 suspects. in a message to cia staff director leon panetta wrote the use of enhanced interrogation techniques begun when our country was responding to the horrors of september 11th ended in january. for the cia now, the challenges are not the battles of yesterday, but those of today and tomorrow. comes with a clear recognition that our agency takes seriously proper accountability for the past. also today we're learning that president obama is create agnew special interrogation unit that will come under the white house supervision. this is significant change from the bush administration, in which the cia took the lead in questioning terror suspects. let's get the perspective on what all of this means. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams joins us now. looking at some of the comments on a lot of the blogs, especially the ones that quote/unquote lean to the left, accountability, but is that really what we're expecting here? >> i don't know what we're expecting, but i'll tell you what the justice department has done. i think you're right that this will di
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2009 2:00pm EDT
, people drawn -- staffers, friends from his 47-year career in the senate. what can you tell us, if you know, about how those people were selected and that part of the ceremony? >> anything that's separate from the public viewing has been by invitation. there was the massachusetts delegation at one point which came in. as you say, some of the senator's staffers over the years who have come here as well. tonight's event is by invitation, family and close friends only, though it will be publicized by pool camera starting at 7:00 tonight. that's the way it's gone the entire time here. i should say, too, that they've now cut off the line for the public viewing so that while yesterday some 21,000 people were said to have paid their respects probably at least that number today have passed by the front door here, gone in, and paid their respects, as well. john? >> obviously an impressive display of emotion by the crowd as well as staffers and associates. thanks so much. now make sure you stay with msnbc for continuing coverage. we're live in boston all day with special coverage of his memorial
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 11:00am EDT
is out that run house reverend run joins us live in the studio. let's fast forward through the top headlines. stunning home video capture inside maine as a killer wave from hurricane bill pulled a family out to sea. this home video as the coast guard tried to desperate rescue three people and a 7-year-old, unfortunately, died. her father and a 12-year-old were hospitalized there. you see it there. >>> fire crews knee athens, greece to snuff out wildfires. wildfires rage for a fourth day near athens. help from other european nations arrive. crews are taking advantage of low winds today. >>> reality show contestant turned murder suspect was found dead in a secluded canadian motel. ryan jenkins was wanted in the crew gruesome death of his former wife. police say jenkins apparently committed suicide and his ex-wife and mother reacted to the news this way this morning on the "today" show. >> it brings some closure to what has been going on. i mean, we don't have to worry about looking for him him anymore or worried is a let threat to other women. . >> good morning. as we always do, we h
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Aug 18, 2009 3:00pm EDT
that with us. >> and david, you're talking about whether people understand what this means for insurance companies and profits, rachel maddow pointed out, even though the dow was down, four of them were health care related. so some folks know exactly what yesterday's news potentially meant. >> indeed. >>> up next, new terrorist attacks targeted u.s. troops in the run-up to the afghan elections. a live interview with the main challenger to afghan president karzai. >>> also the second amendment versus public safety. you can't yell fire in a crowded theater, so how come you can bring guns to a political rally especially one with the president? >>> plus, sarah palin versus barack obama in 2012, is it a dream match-up for republicans? or a nightmare? the results of a new poll coming up here on the big picture. ery . fancy feast introduces an entirely new way to celebrate any moment. fancy feast appetizers. simple high quality ingredients like wild alaskan salmon, white meat chicken, or seabass and shrimp in a delicate broth, prepared without by-products or fillers. new fancy feast a
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Aug 15, 2009 9:00am EDT
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Aug 23, 2009 10:00am EDT
julie martin is live in cape cod, massachusetts for us. julie, we just said that it doesn't expect to hit the u.s. mainland but we can still see the effects of bill. look right behind you, right? the surf's picking up. >> reporter: absolutely, alex. hurricane bill still providing a good show for visitors here along cape cod over the weekend. the peach here just opened minutes ago. look at all of the spectators out there just taking in the wave action. there is a high surf advisory in effect here. waves expected to reach the 10 to 15-foot level this morning before high tide about 1:20 this afternoon. then they'll diminish rapidly throughout afternoon dropping back into the four to five-foot range. right now is the time to get out and take pictures. unfortunately, no swimming right now. for very good reason. rip current warnings in effect all up and down the eastern seaboard. you mentioned the surfer who drowned in new smyrna beach, florida yesterday, five people in daytona beach were actually rescued after being caught up in rip currents. this area around cape cod notorious for rip
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Aug 13, 2009 4:00pm EDT
senator by another gop senator. >> it does us no good to incite fear in people. >> the obama administration now more interested in avoiding direct conflict with key republicans than in making dramatic health care changes. >>> hillary clinton unplugged. the secretary of state making headlines again for candid remarks overseas. this time it's about bush versus gore. >> in 2000 our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for president was the governor of the state. so we have our problems, too. >> and why some are now slamming her latest remarks. >>> in detroit a police chase this morning ends in a fireball. a driver tries to escape the cops but crashes. the second police chase turned deadly in less than a week. what's being said about police procedures and public safety. >>> hey, grizzly, get out of my pool, and the other things we thought you should know. the upcoming beer and pop summit you won't forget, and participants may not remember. all that and more this hour on msnbc. >>> good afternoon, everyone. i'm tamron hall live in new y
MSNBC
Aug 23, 2009 9:00am EDT
good morning to all of you. thanks for joining us here on "teach sunday." we will bring you all that plus the latest from the battle peeled and war of the smart phone. that's coming up this hour. first, new details on hurricane bill. forecasters downgraded the storm to a category 1 hurricane as it nears the east coast. in florida a surfer drowned after being swept out to sea by strong rip currents. the storm continues moving north. hurricane watches and thunderstorm warnings remain in effect for parts of canada. now bill swept pastber m bermudt night. power outages on the island. that storm is still packing high winds. and as it churns up the rough seas creating dangerous rip currents along the new england coastline and you heard about the one fatality in florida. bill is not expected to hit the u.s. directly. the weather channel's julie martin slooif in cape cod, massachusetts. julie the water was pretty rough when we talked to you an hour ago. how do things look now? it is picking up, the waves, behind you. >> reporter: yes. things are picking up. yes. absolutely picking up. little
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Aug 22, 2009 8:00am EDT
loss of life. >> how humid is it? >> reporter: it's fairly hume. but the rain has cooled us off. when the sun's behind the clouds it's a decent day here. again more storms on the way. a chance of rain tomorrow. but not from bill. only thing bill will do on the east coast is bring in surf and rip currents and little, if any wind, except into new england. the area that's going to get hit by bill will be nova scotia and few finland later tomorrow night. >> mike, thanks so much. >>> teach kekeep it here on the from hurricane bill. politics, nbc news has learned a cia report detailing mock executions could be released monday. it's a report that's been kept secret since first commissioned in 2004. according to "newsweek," the report says cia officials threatened one detainee with a gun and a power drill, and they staged a fake execution in a room next to one detainee complete with a gunshot to make it seem like a prisoner had been called. micha michael isikoff tells rachel maddow the report will be explosive. >> mock executions threatening a detainee with death that clearly seemed to
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Aug 22, 2009 10:00am EDT
meteorologist todd santos is tracking bill for us. good morning to you. >> hey there, alex wrshgs you know, for the moes part this is the perfect way to watch a hurricane, from a distance. it's certainly safe as long as we're inland from the coastline. if you want to go check it out at the beach, just don't go in the water. that's pretty much the situation. we are going to be dealing with rip current risks as well as pretty substantial wave action across the coastline. these are the first visible satellite images of the day. you need the sun to be up in the sky to get a good clear picture of it. you can still see the eye and see some of the outer bands. we may see outer bands of rainshowers just raising cape cod as it makes its way by, and also some of the wind associated with some of the thunderstorms in those bands, and that's the tropical storm warning. especially because the wind could be upwards of 45 to 55 miles an hour late tonight and early tomorrow. we're talking about areas through coastal massachusetts, cape cod down through nantucket, martha's vineyard. some of the spots in blu
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Aug 9, 2009 10:00am EDT
the hudson river with the latest. good morning, jeff. can you bring us up to date? >> reporter: alex, as you mentioned, a fourth body recovered about an hour ago this morning, that means five victims are still under the hudson river. the problem for police divers is the hudson river is 30 feet deep in this area. it is closer to the new jersey side. the debris is. it is a strong current and very choppy so police divers have to be very careful. some of the victims we're told are trapped inside the helicopter and the airplane. we have to be very careful about getting in there. this is now a recovery operation, not a rescue operation. divers aren't going to risk their own lives to do that. they're being very careful here. divers got back in the water today. they're also trying to find the exact location of the airplane. they've identified under water where the helicopter is. sounds bizarre because it is an airplane, but everything underunder water is moving down river. they have to keep following that debris along and try to hold it in place. ntsb knows at this point that if the pl
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Aug 26, 2009 11:00am EDT
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Aug 6, 2009 2:00pm EDT
traded in are suvs and trucks. they will be off the road and not going used car lots. when you turn in a vehicle, it doesn't get an opportunity to go to a lot. it gets destroyed, which will help the people who own scrap businesses. >> all right. thanks for bringing us up to date. we're seeing positive economic times today. new figures show the number of new people filing for unemployment benefits fell last week. the labor department says initial claims dropped from 550,000 to the week ending august 1st. that's lower than analysts indicated. looking at the dow jones now, we're down 56 points on the day. let's go to cnbc's mary thompson. what's moving investors today? >> investors are awaiting the big jobs number tomorrow. of course that being the july jobs report, when the unemployment rate expected to increase tonight. what we're seeing on wall street today is another day of declines. today, it appears that that positive data we received is being off set by concerns on earnings. in the telecom space, that's pretty week. we're also seeing a bit of a pullback in utilities and the fina
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Aug 21, 2009 2:00pm EDT
language. thanks for joining us. >>> there's some harsh, new numbers on the job situation in california. the unemployment rate climbed to 11.9% in july. the department of labor says 87,000 people in california lost jobs last month. california is among 15 states along with washington, d.c. that have jobless rates above 10%. despite those numbers, ben bernanke says the u.s. economy is on the verge of a long awaited recovery. speaking of the annual conference in wyoming, bernanke said u.s. and global economic activities seemed to be leveling out and the prospects of returning to normal appear good. also, some good news from the housing sector. the numbers are in and july saw a huge jump in home resales. home sales climbed 7.2%. in fact, that's the largest monthly increase in at least ten years. let's get the latest details from diana oleic. what's behind this? >> it's great news, no question about it, so see that some fence sitters are buying homes. that's what we need to see. what's important to note though is what kind of homes they're buying. the activity is on the lowest of the low end
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Aug 19, 2009 4:00pm EDT
will it get us. it's certainly frustrating to a lot of the progressives who can't understand what the white house is waiting for and look up and see the republican attacks and don't see the white house getting anything for this talk about bipartisanship. >> true. >> we'll see. monica, we have breaking news. itn is now reporting abdel ali ma gra had i the person being held in scotland for so many years for the bombing of pan am flight 103 is going to be released overnight. scottish officials are notifying news organizations the decision will be made later. he will be released. so many americans were killed in december of 1988 when pan am flight 103 was blown out the sky and he was the only person essentially held accountable for it. joining us with reaction is kathleen flynn who's son died in the bombing. kathleen, first of all, it must be heart wrenching to hear this news. >> it's absolutely unbelievable. i mean, we're having a hard time facing this reality. it does not seem possible that any country or any scottish minister would even consider releasing a murder ter of 270 people
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Aug 30, 2009 9:00am EDT
garrido used to work. neighbors around here didn't know specifically what was going on behind the garrido house where the whole compound of tents and sheds was where jaycee lee was kept along with the two daughters she had with phillip garrido. they knew that phillip garrido was a bit of an odd duck. the kids in the neighborhood called him creepy phil. he would occasionally preach and rant about religion. some people who knew him and who did business with him -- he had a printing business -- said he became more and morer rad dick in recent days and his preachings were more and more fan nat cal. that bizarre behavior attracted the attention of two alert campus police officers at university of california berkeley. he was on catch' pus with his two daughters dlibting religious literature. one of the officers thought there was something strange about the two kids. the other officer ran a background check and found that phillip garrido was a registered sex offender. that led them to tell his parole agent and eventually led to his arrest. alex? >> okay. have astute eyes there on the uni
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Aug 5, 2009 2:00pm EDT
new poll shows 72% of voters are concerned about health reform driving up the deficit. joining us now. senate majority leader, dick durbin. good to talk to you. what did you come away with from talking to the president in terms of addressing what seems to be an overarching concern for americans? yes, they want health care reform, but not a deficit so deep it cripples their children and grandchildren. >> the president's already said we're not going to have health care reform we don't pay for. it's something the republican critics can't say about what they did. they left a deep deficit from the prips drug program. we know if we don't address health care reform, we're going to have deficits as far as the eye can see and we know the cost is beyond the reach of a lot of working families and small businesses. >> when you're sitting down in committee and talking about which of these plans to go forward, are there any plans that you see that you particularly like and think, you know what, we can make this work. >> there are element of many plans. there have been four different committees
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Aug 22, 2009 11:00am EDT
right now here in studio nbc meteorologist todd santos keeps tracking bill for us. good morning again to you. slowing down just a little bit. >> good morning. we've seen the winds kind of tick off a little bit as of the 11:00 a.m. update. the forward speed has increased from it 4 miles an hour to 23. we'll see a significant acceleration, and that's good news, especially for residents of cape cod where right now you can kind of see a few of the showers along the coastline just the outer edge of the system itself. you see that one little streak just coming to the range of the radar. time to give you an idea that we may see a system graze the edge of martha's dine vs yard with rainshowers and wind. toe personally upwards of -- starting late tonight, early tomorrow morning, and that's why we're talking about the tropical storm warnings in effect for mainly cape cod. the winds when they do start to build, will be mainly northeasterly to start, and then northerly eventually basically shifting more with the more westerly component, considering, again, you just picture thad counterclock
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Aug 31, 2009 4:00pm EDT
us debunk the myth and tell us your story about why health care reform is necessary, saying that the greatest myth of all is that 2 wasn't needed. so i think they are trying to start to actively engage the american people, even more. i mean, obviously with a very busy summer for the president. but it will be interesting to see what they do once people start coming back from vacation, once the president's vacation is all wrapped up, if they really continue this health care focus other maybe shift and focus on the economy since the issue isn't necessarily a winning one for them right now. >> christina bellatony from the "washington times." thanks for the update. >> and now some are wondering where is the change that president obama promised while on the campaign trial, from iraq to afghanistan, guantanamo bay, and the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. certainly change was a key word, and he spoke about it when he accepted the democratic nomination for president. >> now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single american. if you
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Aug 12, 2009 3:00pm EDT
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Aug 26, 2009 2:00pm EDT
that is that in his memory, with the power behind the legacy that his death reminds us of, well, perhaps it will oddly breathe new life into the health care debate. i received and saw an e-mail today that said in lieu of flowers, let's pass health care reform. and it had to do with the death of ted kennedy. >> before i let you go, to prepare for what we know will be a special one-hour edition of nbc nightly news tonight, the bipartisan nature of this man, because people from patrick j. buchanan this morning on "morning joe" and other republicans, i remember dan quayle working with him on a jobs bill. people worked with him yet at the same time if you are donald rumsfeld going in front of the senate armed services committee having gone to war and not found weapons of mass destruction, woe is you. >> he was going to war against you. yeah. one writer today said, in effect, yes, he was an irish romantic but he was also a clear-eyed pragmatist. a lot of the stretches across the aisle to the other party was just because he needed them and it was his nature to make friends and be charm
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